Alan Pardew keeps bringing up Newcastle when he’s talking about football these days and that’s probably because the Tyneside club is the biggest club Alan will ever manage in his career.
But if the FA wants English managers to manage the National team in the future then Alan is in with a decent chance of becoming the England manager sometime in the future.
Mathieu Debuchy and Danny Simpson while at Newcastle
Alan walked out on Newcastle in difficult circumstances to join Crystal Palace at the end of 2014, but he has looked back on some of the transfers we did while he was on Tyneside for four years – and it’s correct that some (a lot in fact) didn’t work.
One of the transfers that Pardew says didn’t work was when we tried to strengthen the right-back position in early 2013.
Newcastle brought in Mathieu Debuchy in early January from Lille that year to replace Danny Simpson, who then left in the summer for QPR and joined Leicester City one year later.
Debuchy was signed after we had been through a long-running saga with Lille the previous summer (2012) on whether we would sign the French International right back, because we wouldn’t pay the fee that Lille were asking for him.
Pardew has been interviewed in the Guardian and he had this to say:
“You can point to the transfer policy, which has obviously stepped up in terms of the personnel we’re bringing in.”
“Cabaye last summer, now Christian Benteke – but you don’t always get it right.”
“When we finished fifth with Newcastle in 2012 we felt changing Danny Simpson and getting in a better right-back would be the way forward.”
“Danny left and a few years later, became a Premier League title winner with Leicester.”
“We joke about that when we see each other. So it’s not just about bringing players in.”
We snapped up Debuchy in early January of 2013 when we were struggling against relegation and Debuchy was an improvement on Simpson.
But like his pal Yohan Cabaye before him he wanted to join a bigger club.
Cabaye had joined PSG in January of 2014 for £20M and warmed the bench for them for 18 months before rejoining Alan Pardew at Palace in the summer of last year.
When Arsenal came calling in the summer of summer of 2014, Newcastle sold Mathieu to the Gunners for a fee of £12M – so we got a good deal for him.
We brought in Dutch International Daryl Janmaat for £5M to replace him and Daryl was a decent signing.
But while Mathieu was at Newcastle he was a definite improvement on Simpson, even though Danny went on to win the Premier League with Leicester City last season – and good for him
Like Yohan Cabaye before him Mathieu soon found himself on the bench at Arsenal after he was injured in his first season and young Hector Bellerin came in and has kept his place in the Gunners side ever since.
It seems like Mathieu’s career at Arsenal is now in limbo and he very rarely gets a game for the Gunners and has lost his place in the French squad.
He’s played only 22 times for Arsenal in the two years he’s been at the Emirates and Mathieu is another example of players leaving Newcastle who often struggle at bigger clubs.
Do you think Debuchy was an improvement on Simpson?